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5 Surprising (But Unbelievably Effective) Tricks for Removing Stains

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When it comes to pressing household matters — like how to effectively remove stains — it seems everyone and their mother (literally) has tips and tricks they’re partial to.

In fact, we’ve heard so many remedies that its getting to the point where we simply had to look into what really works, and what’s nothing but fashion folklore. Below, we’ve compiled five amazing tricks that work when it comes to lifting stains from silk, leather, and everything in between:

#1. Soak red wine stains in white wine, then cover the stain with a thick baking soda paste. Let it sit a few hours, then wash as usual.

#2. Remove white deodorant marks from a garment by gently rubbing the protective foam used on dry-cleaning hangers against the fabric.

#3. If you get an oil stain on your favorite leather handbag (Chanel, maybe?), coat the mark with baby powder and let it stand overnight. By morning, the stain should be gone. If a bit still remains, repeat the process until the stain is completely gone.

#4. Due to its high level of surfactants, Dawn dish detergent is especially successful at removing grease and oil stains from clothing.

#5. Use shaving cream and a washcloth to remove liquid makeup from shirt collars.